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Wincor Nixdorf acquires retail software firm Datec

Retail and banking solutions provider Wincor Nixdorf has acquired Czech Republic business Datec Retail Systems, as part of its recently announced strategy to expand its software arm. The cost of the deal has not been disclosed.

The takeover will give the Germany-based solutions provider access to Datec's specialised software that enables sales advice and payment and merchandise management functions to be used on mobile devices such as tablets. Datec staff have moved to Wincor with immediate effect.

Jindrich Hegmon, managing director and majority shareholder of Datec, commented: "Integration in the Wincor Nixdorf group offers Datec a huge opportunity to do business with large retailers and internationalise its activities.

"Thanks to our eCommerce offerings and apps, we also cater for an importance segment in Wincor Nixdorf's software portfolios for retailing."

Other developments at Wincor in the last couple of months have seen the company assume responsibility for providing IT systems support at the service stations in Germany owned by BP and operated under the Aral brand. The deal includes maintenance and recovery of the IT infrastructure over a five-year period.

In addition, Wincor has been working with Marks & Spencer (M&S) for the roll-out of Polytouch self-service terminals across the retailer's portfolio of high street stores in the UK. Around 700 kiosks have been deployed, with M&S using the in-store technology to join up its customers' online and physical shopping experiences.

The kiosks, which are being installed in association with Pyramid Computer, come with integrated Chip and PIN, allowing customers to pay for M&S online products while in-store.